CHaOS Hands-on Science Summer Roadshow Report 2012

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Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) is a voluntary student group based in Cambridge. We believe that science is fun, and relevant to everyone! CHaOS take our wide range of hands-on science experiments to venues around the country, with our enthusiastic student demonstrators explaining what each experiment shows and why it's interesting!Here's what we got up to in July 2012.Copyright 2012 Cambridge Hands-on Science

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  • Summer roadShow

    2012

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    Westbourne

    Sports College,

    Ipswich

    Heath Primary

    School,

    Ipswich

    Saxmundham

    Middle School,

    Ipswich

    Barclay

    School,

    Stevenage

    Sele School,

    Hertford

    Thomas Alleyne

    School,

    Stevenage

    GoffsSchool,

    Cheshunt

    Greyfriars

    Community Centre,

    Ringwood

    Lipson

    Community College,

    Plymouth

    Devonport High Schoo

    l for Boys,

    Plymouth

    St Albans

    Town Hall

    Seaton

    Town Hall

    Andover

    Guildhall

    Torbay

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    Torquay

    Plymouth YMCA

    Kitto Centre

    Winchester

    Discovery

    Centre

    Stowford Rise

    Community Centre,

    Sidmouth

    Lyme Regis

    Marine Parade

    Shelters

    Wheathampstead

    Village

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    how did ChaoS and the roadshow begin?CHaOS has been running for over a decade. Our first events were held in Cambridge as part of the Cam-bridge Science Week. In 2002, some of our members thought that it would be fun to pack up our experi-ments in a van and take them around the country for a week and so the roadshow was born! From these humble beginnings, our volunteers have developed the roadshow such that we are now on the road for a month or more each year.

    how does the roadshow work?Our events are based around hands-on experiments that all ages can try, covering all aspects of science from physics and engineering to the biology of how our body works. Each experiment is staffed by an ex-perienced and enthusiastic student volunteer. Small groups of children are guided through each experi-

    what is ChaoS?Cambridge Hands-On Science, more fondly known as CHaOS, is a non-profit voluntary student group based at the University of Cambridge that believes that sci-ence is exciting and relevant to everyone. Our aim is to transfer our enthusiasm to the general public through fun hands-on experiments, hopefully showing that science can be accessible to everyone.

    About The Roadshow

    RecruitmentExperiments

    Venue Hire

    Publicity

    DemonstratorTravel

    CampingFood

    Vehicle Hireand Fuel

    New this year! Our light-mixing experiment, shown above, joins the CHaOS roadshow along with a new foetal skull and new medical models.

    ment, with the demonstrator explaining the science behind it at an interesting and accessible level.

    In July 2012, CHaOS visited schools, town halls and community centres around the country, bringing our hands-on science roadshow. Over four weeks, we vis-ited 19 different venues across five different counties and saw over 5,000 visitors. 65 volunteers from the University of Cambridge gave up part of their summer to join us and share their passion for their subjects.

    who pays for the roadshow?CHaOS is committed to making science accessible for everyone, so entry to all our public events is free. We ask that schools make a small contribution to our running costs, but each visit is heavily subsidised by the generosity of our sponsors. We rely on careful budgeting to keep the cost of our roadshow to below 3 per person reached. We keep our costs down by accommodating our demonstrators in tents, filling up on delicious school dinners and doing as much of the rest of our cooking as possible on a camp stove. We were very lucky this year, being able to spend much of our free time on the beach!

    how much does the roadshow cost?Each year CHaOS spend approximately 15,000 over the course of the roadshow, with the main cost being transport (around 4,000, including vehicle hire and demonstrators train fares), food (2,500) and camp site bookings (2,000). We are therefore hugely grateful to our sponsors for enabling the roadshow to take place!

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    Westbourne

    Sports College,

    Ipswich

    Heath Primary

    School,

    Ipswich

    Saxmundham

    Middle School,

    Ipswich

    Barclay

    School,

    Stevenage

    Sele School,

    Hertford

    Thomas Alleyne

    School,

    Stevenage

    GoffsSchool,

    Cheshunt

    Greyfriars

    Community Centre,

    Ringwood

    Lipson

    Community College,

    Plymouth

    Devonport High Schoo

    l for Boys,

    Plymouth

    St Albans

    Town Hall

    Seaton

    Town Hall

    Andover

    Guildhall

    Torbay

    Town Hall,

    Torquay

    Plymouth YMCA

    Kitto Centre

    Winchester

    Discovery

    Centre

    Stowford Rise

    Community Centre,

    Sidmouth

    Lyme Regis

    Marine Parade

    Shelters

    Wheathampstead

    Village

    Weekend

    July 23

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    One of the main aims of the CHaOS roadshow is to visit areas of the country where access to science is not easy, for example where there are no permanent science museums locally. With this in mind, the road-show headed to the south west this year, reaching as far afield as Plymouth.

    Many families were delighted to see us; one visitor in Sidmouth said Its fantastic to have this visit our small town! and another Brilliant! We only wish you could visit here more often. We visited the Kitto Centre in Plymouth in collaboration with the Plymouth YMCA, who were thrilled that we were able to bring the road-show to a difficult to reach population who would not normally attend science festivals or museums. In addition, CHaOS tries to visit schools where science

    provision or achievement is low. In 2012, five of the seven secondary schools we visited had attained be-low the national average for A* C grades at GCSE in 2010. One teacher commented that Students who can be totally disaffected by science are saying things like Science is awesome!

    A fantastic event, we all enjoyed it greatly. Thank you to the very knowledgable demonstrators.

    Parent

    Map reproduced with data with permission from the Ordnance Survey Crown copyright 2010

    The CHaOS Roadshow Route 2012

  • The roadshow got off to a great start at Westbourne Sports College in Ipswich where years seven to ten were fascinated by the properties of the air around them, investigating what happens when you heat it up and how much it weighs.

    Next we visited Heath Primary School where pupils were excited to learn how to make explosions using lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda, as well as using the carbon dioxide produced by this chemistry experi-

    ment to extinguish candles. At Saxmundham Middle School we supplemented our hands-on activities with an interactive talk about the science behind hot air balloons.

    We then moved to Barclay School in Stevenage and introduced the pupils to a subject rarely covered in schools the evolution of plants. In keeping with the evolution theme, pupils enjoyed meeting our wide range of animal and model primate skulls.

    At the end of the first week, we headed to St Albans Town Hall to run the first public event of the 2012 Roadshow. We enjoyed a very busy day where one popular experiment was our demonstration of air streams; young and old alike got involved in trying to keep a ping pong ball hovering by blowing through a straw!

    Our second event of the weekend was at Wheathampstead Village Festival, where the slightly wet weather cer-tainly didnt dampen anyones spirits. We showed our vis-itors a range of optical illusions, helping to explain the sci-ence behind what we see and how our brains work.

    Week 1 Ipswich, Stevenage and St Albans2nd - 8th July

    Our second event of the weekend was Our second event of the weekend was Wheathampstead Village FestivalWheathampstead Village Festival, ,

    where the slightly wet weather cer-where the slightly wet weather cer-tainly didnt dampen anyones tainly didnt dampen anyones spirits. We showed our vis-spirits. We showed our vis-itors a range of optical itors a range of optical illusions, helping to illusions, helping to explain the sci-explain the sci-

    Colour mixing, by Lili and Kelly

  • We continued with our school visits in Hertfordshire, kicking off the week at the Sele School, where pupils (and their headteacher!) got a chance to try building a range of bridges, including arch, cantilever and ca-thedral styles. We then moved onto The Thomas Al-leyne School in Stevenage, where our range of rocks and fossils, including a sample of fossilised shark poo, went down a treat!

    Finally, we visited Goffs School in Cheshunt, where the teachers were nearly as excited about the ex-periments as the pupils, with everyone having a par-ticularly good time learning about the physics behind trebuchets.

    Hopping down to Hampshire for the second weekend, we visited Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood. This was the second time we have visited this venue, and we were pleased to see lots of the same faces again, as well as many newcomers! Lots of people stayed all afternoon to try out all our exper